Thanksgiving Morning Pumpkin Rice

Nov 20, 2017
Healthy Eating

Thanksgiving Morning

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Rice

The key to going into a food-centered party or event such as Thanksgiving is to eat well leading up to the event so that you are not famished or ravenous when approaching the family style spread. Make sure you don't skip over a healthy breakfast on Thanksgiving morning!

Worried you won't have time to prep or cook breakfast on Thanksgiving day? Throw this in the slow cooker Wednesday night and wake up to this hot, seasonal breakfast before you start prepping for the main event. The consistency will be a cross between oatmeal and rice pudding. Make sure to top with Greek yogurt and nuts to add protein and heart healthy fats to keep bellies full until Thanksgiving meal.

Did you know that pumpkin is rich in carotenoids, which gives it its bright orange hue, and may protect against the development of certain cancers? Try this recipe out; we think you will be THANKFUL you did!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Rice



(12 servings)
  • 2 quarts (8 cups) 2% milk
  • 2.5 cups uncooked arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • Garnish with:
  • 2 TBSP greek yogurt
  • 2 TBSP pecans


  • In a slow cooker, store together milk, rice maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-5.5 hours (let it still on warm if you're still sleeping.)
  • Before serving, store in the pumpkin, butter, and a little milk as needed to make it creamy.
  • Serve with additional toppings.


Happy Thanksgiving!

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– Keeley Mezzancello. MS, RD CSCS

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